INDIA - The Indian state of Tamil Nadu has lifted the ban on entry of poultry products from Kerala state following a notification from the Central government.
The government certified that Kerala had brought avian influenza under control, thereby rendering unnecessary the embargo on its poultry products, reported The Hindu.
The ban was imposed on 26 November 2014 after the Bhopal-based National Institute of High Security Animal Diseases confirmed that avian influenza had caused the death of 17,000 ducks in Alappuzha, Kottayam and Pathanamthitta districts. Following this, Kerala undertook a culling of poultry birds.
Sources in the Animal Husbandry Department told The Hindu on Saturday that while the ban has been lifted last week, those bringing poultry products from Kerala must still produce a certificate from a veterinarian or the government stating that the product was free of any pathogenic influenza.
Surveillance was heightened in Coimbatore as it is a major transit point for the bulk of the trade to Kerala and poultry products were not allowed even with such certification.ThePoultrySite News Desk
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